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Scientific Name: Rumex sanguineum
Alternative Names: Bloody Dock

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Rumex sanguineum
Rumex sanguineum


  • Perennial
  • Tap rooted perennial.
  • Rosette forming plant with a basal clump of sword shaped leaves that are veined in deep striking red.
  • Tiny, star-shaped flowers in summer followed by reddish brown fruit.
  • Remove flower stalks to prevent self-seeding and to promote bushy leaf growth.
  • Cut back in spring to promote new growth.
  • Prefer moist soil and full sun.
  • Foliage plant.
  • Alternative to grasses.
  • Can grow as an aquatic.
  • Can plant in a container.

Culinary Uses

  • Young leaves are edible and taste like spinach or chard.
  • Add an interesting color to salad.

Parts Used

  • Young leaves.
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